Children – First Visit to the Dentist
Are you Nervous about Your First Visit to the Dentist?
Many people get nervous when they are going to visit a dentist for the first time. Children may have a phobia of going to the dentist and this phobia needs to be eliminated so that it does not stick with them for their whole life. The first visit to the dentist is crucial. If it is your first visit to the dentist or your child’s first visit, there are plenty of tips to make it easier for you.
The basic tip to remain calm is by talking to others who visit the dentist often. This will give you a general idea about what to expect on your first visit to the dentist. Everyone has a different story and perspective so only use it to get an idea and do not believe every single thing they say because if someone is afraid of the dentist they are going to invoke that fear into you. It varies from dentist to dentist, some are more accommodating than the others for the people who are nervous and fearful, some are specialized in dealing with children etc.
Prepare your Child
If it’s a child’s first visit to the dentist then the accompanying adult/parent should make sure they do their best to eliminate any fear of the dentist, as this will help the child throughout their life. Parents can do so by sharing their own first experience in a positive light and making it feel less intimidating to the child. Preparing a child before coming to the dentist in the key to ensuring a pleasant experience for children and their families. Bringing your child along to your dental examination appointments from a young age will help familiarise them with the overall dental experience.
Use positive phrases like “You have been so good this week that we can have a special treat by going to see Dr. Martin to have your teeth counted”. Don’t use negative phrases that instill doubt like, “It won’t hurt” or “There is no need to get scared” or “You don’t need to worry”. Children are very sensitive to these phrases and they know that if you are saying these things there is a reason to worry. If you personally are fearful there is no need to pass this fear on to another generation if avoidable.
The Best Choice for You
Here at Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic, we have a team of experienced dental professionals who are proficient in treating children. In the rare event that your child requires specialist dental care from a pediatric dentist, we have a great referral network of specialised doctors.
If someone has a serious medical situation, health problem or dental phobia, please remember to mention it at the time when they are making an appointment and it will be relayed to the dentist or dental therapist. The usual check-up will usually last approx. 15 – 30 minutes. Apart from the regular visits to the dentists, it is also important to maintain dental health for healthy teeth at home.